By Diane Small
Nerd chic is definitely still a thing, which may be why we ‘optically challenged’ are choosing to wear glasses over contacts more often – in fact, I know some people who even choose to wear glasses even though they don’t need them!
The issue is: how can you make your eyes pop behind your lenses?
The answer is: it really depends on your glasses. Overall, you should know that your specs, no matter what their style, will always draw attention up to your eyes and cheekbones. Makeup can either emphasise the effect of the glasses, or contrast it, depending on the look you prefer. The biggest makeup mistake you make if you wear glasses is probably wearing no makeup at all.
Here are 7 tips to keep your makeup on fleek if you’re sporting specs.
1. Open your eyes with eyeshadow
When it comes to eyeshadow, more neutral or lighter colours work better with glasses, as darker shades with only make dark undertones around the eyes look worse. A nice highlighter on your brow bone plus a shimmery accent in the middle of the lid will brighten and open your eyes.
Dab this shimmery highlighter on your brow bone and in the centre of your lid to make your eyes pop! RMS is a long-lasting, clean makeup brand created by a MUA who knows exactly what all women want – whether they wear glasses or not.
This British brand is long standing favourite, and they create a wide variety of beauty products. This is the perfect neutral shade with a bit of shimmer. Goes with any skin tone, too!
2. Lighter frames, darker eye makeup
If you prefer rocking frameless glasses, you can work with sultrier tones because no natural shadow from the frames will fall onto your eyes. Try a darker eye shadow in the crease of your lid to make your eyes really stand out.
3. Cover it up!
Many women nix the concealer, thinking the frames of their glasses will cover undereye circles. But guess what? They can often actually make them look worse, since most glasses cast shadows under the eye. To stop this from making you look tired, try an undereye concealer in a shade lighter than you’d normally wear.
Le Camouflage Stylo takes a dual action approach to revitalizing and brightening your complexion. This ultra hydrating formula features light-reflecting pigments, peptides and a botanical-based active that helps mask darkening around the eyes. We love the handy click pen, which has a soft brush tip to create an undetectable look.
4. Learn your lines
Got heavy or coloured frames? Use an eyeliner that’s one or two shades lighter, and ensure you draw a line that corresponds to the thickness of your frame – in other words, the heavier the frame, the heavier the liner can be (see the video above for a good example). You can also go nuts with the mascara – 2 or 3 coats will work – and even wear fake lashes. Just be sure they’re not too long, or they’ll bash against your lenses!
Define your eyes with this precision-designed tip that provides the flexibility to let you design your favorite look, be it a thin or thick line.
5. Boss the brows
When you wear glasses, your brows are one of the first things people notice, so keep them groomed and on fleek! Pluck stray hairs regularly, and keep your brows tidy with a brow brush and gel.
Define your brows and keep them in place – with zero flaking or fading. This gel is formulated with certified organic ingredients and plant-derived phyto-pigments, too.
6. Match the lippy
Got coloured frames? Make sure your lippy doesn’t clash! Blue and red frames favour red hues, whilst brown and metallics favour pinkier shades. Black frames are best, as anything goes!
We love this creamy, wine-hued product that doubles up as both a lip stain and a blusher. It blends matte for a natural looking finish, and the colour can be built up and layered for evenings.
7. Keep it clean
As anyone who wears glasses knows, it’s entirely possible for your makeup to rub off on not only the frames, but the lenses, too. I’d recommend using a waterproof mascara – it’s less likely to come off long lashes and blur your vision, but the thing is, it’s hard to find an all natural one! Instead, just ensure your mascara is dry before you sport your spects.
Oh, and to ensure your foundation doesn’t stick to your frames, use a good finishing powder, too.
Try: Kjaer Weis Mascara
Formulated to meet Kjaer Weis’ “standard of both modern beauty and sustainability,” this certified organic mascara is a lengthening and long-lasting game-changer – and the brand’s all-time best seller. Designed with a sleek rubberized wand that has spread-out bristles to prevent clumps, it glides on easily for a natural look and stays perfectly in place throughout the day.
Lilah B.’s innovative ‘Flawless Finish Foundation’ offers buildable coverage and a luxurious weightless texture. A unique fusion of nourishing Agar and Sea Algae creates a natural-looking glow with a long-lasting finish.
Do you wear glasses and have a makeup tip you’d like to share? Please leave it in the comments section, below!
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